Africa to Back Shaikh Salman in FIFA Presidential Election as CAF Signs MoU with AFC

Sheikh Salman, who is the President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Confederation African de Football (CAF) in Kigali on Friday to establish a closer relationship with each other; a move that is apparently placing Al-Khalifa at the verge of becoming the new President of FIFA next month.

This is coming after Africa, who is the biggest bloc in world football, reached a cooperation agreement with Asia.

The world-wide traveled administrator spent three days in Ghana for the WAFU Congress after which he left for Rwanda, arriving Thursday morning to attend the opening of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), where he will sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Serena Hotel in Kigali.

Issa Hayatou, President of Confederation African de Football (CAF), and Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, President of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will sign the MoU of mutual co-operation on development of football between the two confederations. The two Presidents will be assisted by Hicham El Amrani, General Secretary of CAF and Dato’ Windsor John, General Secretary of the AFC.

There will also be a press conference to be addressed by the Presidents of CAF and AFC after signing the MoU.

The MoU which will be valid for four (4) years and open to renewal is meant to strengthen cooperation between the two confederations and provide a framework for exchanges on competitions and formation.

This will be achieved through the sharing of information, experience, initiating high level competitions, conducting joint technical development programs in various fields such as: Coaching, Refereeing, Youth football, Women’s football, Integrity, Administration, Marketing, Media and Innovative technologies.

As earlier highlighted, this agreement will give Sheikh Salman a huge advantage over his four competitors who are seeking to take over from Sepp Blatter who was suspended from the game following allegations of corruption.

The four other aspirants for the post are Uefa secretary general, Gianni Infantino, former Fifa vice president, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, South African business tycoon, Tokyo Sexwale and former Fifa official, Jerome Champagne of France.

The five men are all keenly looking forward to replacing incumbent Blatter who received an eight-year suspension following a corruption scandal, but with the Swiss administrator hugely popular among the Africans, and with Sheikh Salman willing to replicate his policies, he has secured Africa’s backing. It is therefore believed that with Asia already backing the AFC President for the post, the MoU with CAF will ensure that African countries will throw their weight behind the Bahrain born Sheikh Salman, with all the efforts safely securing the seat for him.

This means with the agreement in Kigali, the African countries will simply transfer their votes to Sheikh Salman who is Blatter’s biggest ally and has vowed to continue with the laudable football development programmes during his tenure.

I have been elected by my national federation as vice president in the 1998 and president in 2002 until 2015 I was head of a Confederation, Sheikh Salman said in Accra before his trip to Kigali to seal the deal.

Now, nobody can deny what Sepp Blatter did for the developing countries whether it’s the financial aid programmes or Goal Projects and other programmes, without which other countries won’t be playing football.

Of course, I share his vision as well and I totally agree with the development FIFA has brought to world football. But, how to do it, I have my ways and how to do it as well.”

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